The Old Dog In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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“The old man came slowly into the room. He had his broom in his hand. And at his heels there walked a dragfooted sheepdog, fray of muzzle, and with its pale, blind old eyes”(steinbeck, 24) In the story Of Mice and Men written by John Steinbeck, there is an old guy named Candy who has a very old dog as well. I chose these two characters because they symbolize that if you love something you have to let it go and no matter how old or worn down, you’re still worth something.
In the novel Steinbeck uses old age as a symbol. When he said “I been around him so much I never notice how he stinks”(44) this quote shows that even though the dog is old and smelly Candy doesn't mind that he smells and still loves him. On the ranch Candy can't do much either
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“ Maybe it'd hurt him he suggested i don't mind takin’ care of him“(45) . From the quote in the story it means that even if you really love something sometimes the best thing is to let it go. He tries making up reasons why they shouldn't shoot him. Candy loved his dog so much he couldn't even think about losing him but, when all the other guys started saying “that dog ain't no good to himself. I wisht somebody'd shoot me if i got old an’ a cripple”(45). After that he realized his dog might be doing more harm to himself than good. At the end of the story George kills Lennie as well. I believe this also ties back to having to let something go. George tried for a long time and did the best he could but Lennie was just too hard and no matter what was gonna happen he was going to get hurt. George decided to do it so no one else could hurt him. He didn't want to but, he knew it would be better for the both of them in the long run.
In this story Of Mice and Men , there are many lessons you could take from it. I believe that the two that candy and his dog symbolized where very important. Even if most people don't see anything in you because of age or some other reason there is always someone that does and that you should too. And, sometimes letting something you love go is the best thing you can

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